by Jane Savoiehre Riding with soft hands is an awesome goal, and your horse will thank you for it. In this training tip, I'm going to give you both some simple physical exercises and also some fun mental exercises to help you achieve this goal.
European neighbors Switzerland, Germany and Austria are taking on the rivalry again in the Christie's International Real Estate's Vaulting discipline at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 Vaulting team competition. The Swiss squad finished first in the compulsory, scoring 7.979. Germany ranks second on 7.794 and Austria (7.355) is third.
by Faith Meredith Riders use a combination of influences to communicate with their horses. Within equestrian tradition we refer to these influences as "aids" and we further subdivide them into "natural" and "artificial" aids.
Rookie, Joshua Knight, proved he had what it took to win the adult championship, while veteran youth competitor, Cat Zimmerman, added another championship title to her name while in Kentucky.
by Chris Littlefield with Ross Hecox Versatility is the cornerstone of my program. I like to train horses that aren’t specialized for one event, but instead are able to perform in a variety of competitions.
Trying to teach a horse its leads can be frustrating whether you're training a greenie or reschooling a horse with some bad habits. Before you lose your temper or your sanity, realize first that every horse is a little one-sided.
One of the most important things you can do for your horse is to make sure his saddle fits properly. Poorly fitting tack is equal to poorly fitting shoes: too tight and you've got squished toes and painful feet, too loose and you've got blisters.
A rope halter can easily be one of the most versatile pieces of equipment that a cowboy owns, but only if used and tied correctly. Tying your rope halter incorrectly could result in a Houdini horse incident; one moment they’re quietly standing tied, the next, you turn your back for a short period of time and by the time you’ve turned back around they’ve disappeared, leaving the halter swinging from where the horse once stood.
One of my favorite horse activities is playing in the water. There's just something very soothing and natural about horses and water. That is if your horse is accustom to it. Unfortunately, where we live there's not a whole lot of water in the summer so I don't get frequent opportunities to get my horses accustomed to it.
Have not been able to ride much this winter. Wanting to start showing my horses this spring. I need tips on warming horses up before doing any Western Riding exercises.